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Old 11-20-2010, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default Rial Imola 2 piece old school wheel restoration

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Old 11-21-2010, 11:08 PM   #2
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start by stripping the lips, thats what im gonna do on my super rs'.. then you can either wet-sand the machining grooves out, or use a caswell kit for polishing on a bench grinder or angle grinder to polish the lips..

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Old 11-22-2010, 11:07 PM   #3
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There's a clear made by VHT that Caswell recommends. No experience with it, however I have seen some people clear powdercoat afterwards. It does dull it a bit, but at least it's relatively maintenance free.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:00 PM   #4
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Looks ok, but you should have hit it with 2000 and then rubbing compound a couple times, and then polish. Doing those steps would have given you a way better shine.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:11 PM   #5
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I think it looks great with the satiny finish.
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:51 AM   #6
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Rear should fit well with a 235/35/18, the fender lips are already trimmed

Let me know what you guys think, I know it's not baller or anything, just want it to look clean
i absolutely love these wheels! never seen them before and really like the design! they're gonna look great once refinished.

with that said...i think you are way off on your tire sizes. here's my wife's car. 18x8 et20 w/ 205/40 and 18x9 et32 w/215/40. considering that the altima is similar in size to and looks to have even bigger fenderwells than my wife's jetta, i really think you should go with the same size tires as hers.

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Old 12-23-2010, 10:56 AM   #7
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Looks ok, but you should have hit it with 2000 and then rubbing compound a couple times, and then polish. Doing those steps would have given you a way better shine.
this, too. you stopped polishing too early, as you really didn't get them shiny. i can still see tons of scratches in the finish. no way you can get out the 1000 grit scratches with hand applied mothers. you need to hit them with a polishing wheel and various polishing compounds. mothers is just for cleaning and maintenance polishing. also, i strongly recommend against clear coating lips. you obviously can't polish them up once cleared and it makes repairs a huge PITA.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:32 PM   #8
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i absolutely love these wheels! never seen them before and really like the design! they're gonna look great once refinished.

with that said...i think you are way off on your tire sizes. here's my wife's car. 18x8 et20 w/ 205/40 and 18x9 et32 w/215/40. considering that the altima is similar in size to and looks to have even bigger fenderwells than my wife's jetta, i really think you should go with the same size tires as hers.
Thanks! I was lucky to find these in 114.3!

I think the Jetta and Altima have quite different wheels wells though.

Right now I have 18x9 +30 in the rear, running a fat as hell 245/45/18 tire, and it still tucks under the fender.

That's why I think a 8mm decrease in offset can be compensated by a 10mm decrease in tire width as well as 10mm decrease in profile. The Altima is a bit larger I think
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I think the Jetta and Altima have quite different wheels wells though.

Right now I have 18x9 +30 in the rear, running a fat as hell 245/45/18 tire, and it still tucks under the fender.

That's why I think a 8mm decrease in offset can be compensated by a 10mm decrease in tire width as well as 10mm decrease in profile. The Altima is a bit larger I think
i was assuming you were going to drop it more. this is stanceworks, you know. the sizes you have/are considering are not gonna allow stance. you're still way off on your tire sizes. a 235/35 does not have a 10mm smaller profile than a 245/45. that second number is a percentage of the width, not a measurement. in this case, the 235/35 will have a 30mm smaller profile than your current tires. at your current height, that's gonna look silly.
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:27 PM   #10
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what did you use to seal the lip/face mounting surface?
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:58 AM   #11
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i was assuming you were going to drop it more. this is stanceworks, you know. the sizes you have/are considering are not gonna allow stance. you're still way off on your tire sizes. a 235/35 does not have a 10mm smaller profile than a 245/45. that second number is a percentage of the width, not a measurement. in this case, the 235/35 will have a 30mm smaller profile than your current tires. at your current height, that's gonna look silly.
Oh I'll drop it more , but the suggestion of 215 seemed too narrow to me, I really want to stick with 235
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:21 AM   #12
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I got 195/40 on 9" and u want 235/35 on 8"?
about the rim polishing... u skipped quite alot from 300 to 1000grit, the most important steps actually, the 400 wetsand and the 600 or 800 wetsand. even if u don't want bling u should remove the ugly rough grit scratches
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:33 AM   #13
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I actually really like that he stopped at 1000 grit...I know that's not "the norm", but I like the brushed/satin look.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:21 PM   #14
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Nice work. I"ve always had a thing for Altima coupes.

Side note: I have a pair of new Falken 912s 235/35/18 & 225/40/18s for sale if your interested.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:56 AM   #15
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what did you use to clean the barrels? lips are looking great
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:48 PM   #16
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if you went 1000 1500 2000 then white rogue polish on a buffing wheel .. ~2500 rpms.. you woulda been much happier ..
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:58 PM   #17
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looks great to me...
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:27 AM   #18
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me gusta this thread. excellent work! how was your experience with wheel techniques btw? I was thinking of bringing one of my wheels to be de curb rashed there.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:17 AM   #19
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looks great! Nice work.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:56 AM   #20
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Can someone recommend a particular wax to use on the bare polished steel?
All my mates use poorboys
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:45 AM   #21
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much better with the lips this time around. Still dont like your tire size plans though
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:56 PM   #22
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those things are awesome now. good work.
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:33 PM   #23
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Lips look way better, glad you followed advice from here. I really like the wheel design too. Iooking forward to seeing them on the car.
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:32 AM   #24
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^This. So much of a difference when not hand finished
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:03 AM   #25
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Great job on the wheels! Can you just use the bolts again?

As for protecting the lips: you can use Autosol classic or Autosol Aluminum Polish! I use the Aluminium polish like every two weeks on my polished Compomotives and just keep them breakdust free inbetween! Havent tried it yet but Chemical Guys Jetseal seems to be pretty good to protect them from what ive heard...
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